Jazz and Blues on the shore

Jazz and Blues on the shore

ak.jpgTHE LEITH JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL is back and organisers are promising it is going to be bigger and better than ever.

The 2013 incarnation will run over the weekend of 14th to 16th June, with fifteen venues in the Shore area hosting a total of 31 gigs.

Building on a successful revival last summer after a hiatus of over a decade, several exciting new faces have been enticed onto the schedule (such as Jensen Interceptors, Mario Caribe & Kevin McKenzie, Cathie Rae & Graeme Stephen, the Angie King Trio, and Phil Bancroft), whilst many of the characters who helped make last year’s event a roaring success have been welcomed back (including Brian Kellock, Aki Remally, Diplomats of Jazz and The Johnson Brothers).

A new edition to the schedule this year is a gala concert at the Queen Charlotte Rooms on Sunday evening from 8pm. This will provide a rare chance to see and hear some of Scotland’s best ever jazz musicians reunited for one night only.

Headlining this event is an ensemble consisting of ex-Clyde Valley Stompers Fionna Duncan (vocals) and Forrie Cairns (Clarinet) plus Brian Kellock (Piano), Ronnie Rae (Double Bass) and Tom Bancroft (Drums).

Special guests will include Julian Arguelles (who was described by Jazzwise magazine as: ‘One of the most expressive jazz saxophonists this country has produced in the last quarter of a century’) plus Sophie Bancroft and Tom Lyne.

Tickets for this event are £12 and can be purchased from Isobar on Bernard Street or the Malt and Hops on the Shore. Alternatively, you can call David on 07772695154 or email leith.jazz.festival@gmail.com.

Apart from that, all gigs are free – which, if nothing else, provides a great excuse to visit some of the best places to eat and drink in the Shore area. Venues invovled this year are: Bond No9, Carriers Quarters, Compass, Constitution, The Galley, Isobar, Malmaison, Malt and Hops, Nobles, The Pond, Port of Leith, The Shore, Sofi’s and The Vintage.

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